Besides being tax day in the US, today is World Art Day. This day was chosen, because it is Leonardo da Vinci’s birthday. The World Art Webpage ( has this to say about it: We did not have any “ONE” special art day that would unite the whole world. On April 5-6, 2011, the 17th General Assembly of AIAP / IAA World … accepted that the birthday of Leonardo da Vinci, April 15, becomes “World Art Day”. It goes without saying that the existence of such a united World Art Day will help tremendously the spreading of the “art awareness” throughout the globe.

Leonardo da Vinci’s birthday is quite appropriate for this. He was a painter, architect, inventor, and so much more. He painted two of the world’s best known paintings, Mona Lisa and The Last Supper, as well as creating notebooks filled with ideas for inventions. He has been called the epitome of a Renaissance man.

Though when we say art, we often think of what is known as fine art, or even just painting, art encompasses so many areas of human creativity, such as music, literature, drama, and crafts.

Just before the quotes, I want to post part of a commencement speech Neil Gaiman gave in 2012. “You have the ability to make art. And for me, and for so many of the people I have known, that’s been a lifesaver. The ultimate lifesaver. It gets you through good times and it gets you through the other ones. Life is sometimes hard. Things go wrong, in life and in love and in business and in friendship and in health and in all the other ways that life can go wrong. And when things get tough, this is what you should do. Make good art.”

Make the kind of art you can do – painting, sculpting, music, crafts, cooking, drama – do something that brings out your creative side. For World Art Day, go out and make good art.


Some of my favorite quotes about art.

The aim of art is not to represent the outward appearance of things, but their inner significance.—Aristotle

Any form of art is a form of power, it has impact, it can affect change–it can not only move us, it makes us move.–Ossie Davis

Art is a little subversive, very subversive; it gets underneath the surface and reveals what is there; it is a Geiger counter for truth.–Pat B. Allen

Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.–Pablo Picasso

Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.–Berthold Auerback

It is the function of art to renew our perception. What we are familiar with we cease to see. The writer shakes up the familiar scene, and, as if by magic, we see a new meaning in it.–Anais Nin

Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint on it you can.–Danny Kaye

Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.–Victor Hugo

Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.–Leonardo da Vinci

Those who danced were thought to be quite insane by those who could not hear the music.–Angela Monet

Whether making art is your career or your hobby or your dream, it is not too late or too egotistical or too selfish or too silly to work on your creativity.–Julia Cameron

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